Fears that a third kind of Covid-19 could reach the Australian coast, with top documents keeping a close eye
Fears that a third variant of Covid-19 discovered in Brazil and Japan could spread to Australia, causing doctors to be on high alert
- One of Australia’s top doctors has confirmed a third strain of Covid-19
- Strain mutated over fear it will spread after being discovered in Brazil and Japan
- The species is said to spread more quickly, but is unlikely to be more deadly
- The Australian government is closely following the movements of the third variant
One of Australia’s top doctors has confirmed that the government is closely monitoring a third variant of Covid-19.
Deputy chief medical officer Professor Michael Kidd said the new species had mutated in Japan and Brazil and shared characteristics similar to the tribe identified in South Africa and England.
Although the third variant does not cause more disease, the strain would carry a higher risk of rapid transmission, which in turn could lead to more serious cases and fatalities.
The third variant was first found in the genomes of four international travelers in Japan who had arrived on a flight from South America
The variant was first discovered in four international travelers who tested positive for Covid-19 when they arrived in Tokyo on a flight from South America.
Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) said they would continue to investigate the genetic makeup of the species, with Professor Kidd saying the species was “ cause for concern. ”
For people diagnosed with the new variant, Professor Kidd announced that isolation requirements have changed due to the infectious nature of the species.
As a result, we have increased the isolation requirements for people diagnosed with this new variant from 10 days to 14 days before they may be released from isolation.
Australia has been confirmed to have access to 140 million doses of the vaccine.
Health Minister Greg Hunt has said Australia has one of the highest per person dosages in the world, enough to vaccinate the population three times.
Deputy chief medical officer, Professor Michael Kidd, announced that isolation requirements would be expanded for those diagnosed with the third strain, due to its infectious nature
Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently said Australia had beaten ‘the third wave’ of Covid-19, but top doctors say mutated strain is ’cause for concern’ and will be closely monitored.
It was recently announced that aged care workers will not be required to get the vaccine to work.
However, Professor Kidd has said it will be ‘strongly encouraged’ for all workers and residents of aged care facilities to receive the vaccine.
Elderly care workers and residents will be prioritized to receive the first doses of the Pfizer campaign, which will be rolled out in the coming weeks.
Mr. Morrison has emphasized the importance of safety during the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine.
‘We are not rushing this, nor are we delaying it. We are doing well. That is what counts. We are doing well ‘.
The third strain was also detected in Brazil, where 7.8 million cases of Covid-19 have been recorded since the start of the pandemic